Sunrise Hut

Ruahine Forest Park, Central Hawke's Bay, Hawkes Bay

Located in the mid-eastern Ruahine Forest Park, Sunrise Hut is situated on the top of the Ruahine Ranges. 

The original hut was constructed in 1983 by NZFS, and upgraded in 2005. This is a large hut that is a popular recreational destination for day trips or weekend visits. The hut is heated by a woodburner. It is a popular, easy walk for many family groups. In winter, there is generally snow around the hut.


  • Tank water supply
  • Large benched sleep areas catering for 20 persons
  • Bench top with sinks
  • Wood burner
  • Broom/Shovel
  • Long drop style toilet
  • Two tables with bench seats

There are no cooking facilities in the hut. Although you may be able to use the woodburner as a cooking source, it is advisable to take your own cookers.

The hut can be booked from October - April.
Please make your bookings through the Department of Conservation website and pay online.
Prices are $15 per night for adults (18 years and over), $7.50 per night for children (11 - 17 years) and under 10 years are free.


Getting there

North Block Road is approximately 100 km from Napier. Follow State Highway 50 for 66 km and turn right into Wakarara Road. After 20 km, turn left into North Block Road. Follow North Block Road and continue on through the farm gates to the car park at the road end; Sunrise Tracks starts here. The last 4 km of this road is through private farmland. Dogs are not permitted. Please don’t disturb stock and leave gates as you found them.

Visit the Department of Conservation website for full details.